The Hundred Dresses: Day 64

by Erin on August 5, 2013

This is McCall’s 8858, which, for quite some time, was my favorite pattern. I think this is one of the nicest dresses I made with it:

Enchanted Garden McCall's 8858

It’s Liberty twill, a pattern called “Enchanted Garden”. I wish I had about eighty more yards of this. (I did have enough left over after making this dress to make a skirt, though.)

Enchanted Garden McCall's 8858 bodice

Another thing I love about this dress is that a few years back J. Crew made flats in this same fabric (I should have remembered to take a picture of them as well). So occasionally I wear them together. Here’s a close-up of the fabric, isn’t it fun?

Enchanted Garden McCall's 8858 closeup

As I go through and take pictures of older dresses, I’m realizing how much my sewing has improved even in a few short years — I think I should credit all y’all, as sewing for “publication” has made me a bit more fastidious. I think I would have clipped this seam better, now, although I like to think of that visible blue facing as a design detail:

Enchanted Garden McCall's 8858 collar


The zipper’s pretty good:

Enchanted Garden McCall's 8858 side zip and pocket


And the back:

Enchanted Garden McCall's 8858 back

Looking at this pattern again, it’s starting to give me ideas. I do love that bodice …

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

lsaspacey August 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Beautiful! At some point, you’ll have to tally up just how many different Liberty prints went into these dresses for us. Just simply amazing!


alphonsegaston August 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

This is the best fabric yet! And with matching shoes!


Treesa August 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Erin, could you please explain how you put in both a side-seam zipper and a pocket? I’m having troubles visualizing it before I try an attempt myself. Lovely dress, the fabric makes it!


ferrous August 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

I imagine you sew the zip seam with the two sides of the pocket sandwiched between the dress fabric and zip (unattached to one another) and then sew the pocket sides together afterwards.

I was wondering about that too! I’ve spent rather longer thinking about it than someone who doesn’t sew garmets ought!


peppermintpenguin August 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

matching shoes!

I do love that print, it is very fun and colourful and all kinds of happy. The turquoise is perfect with it.


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